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Project Overview

The research project MBR-TRAIN deals with process optimisation and fouling control in membrane bioreactors for water treatment. Membrane bioreactors (MBRs) which combine biological treatment with a membrane separation step are among the most promising emerging technologies in the water treatment sector. As membrane fouling has been identified as a major barrier to sustainable MBR application, MBR-TRAIN undertakes dedicated efforts to characterise and investigate both biological and physico-technical aspects of this phenomenon and to develop strategies to control it.

The aim

MBR-TRAIN is a Marie Curie Host Fellowship for Early Stage Research Training. In line with the aims of Marie-Curie Actions, its purpose is to educate young scientists and to prepare and encourage them to take up a research career.

Developing MBR technology is an interdisciplinary task. Understanding the mutual interactions between biological system and membrane separation requires knowledge in a combination of fields as diverse as analytical chemistry, microbiology, polymer and surface science, fluid dynamics, systems technology, civil and chemical engineering. Hence the consortium of MBR TRAIN comprises 10 partners from the water-industry, research institutes and universities across Europe representing a cross-section of relevant disciplines, sectors and regions. Due to its consortium composition, the MBR-TRAIN project provides an ideal framework for young researchers to prepare for future assignments in intersectorial tasks pursuing a research career in both academic institutions and industrial enterprises.